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Crime: Domestic Violence

Volume 706: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average length of a contract for independent domestic violence advisers. [HL542]

We do not hold information on the average length of a contract for independent domestic violence advisers (IDVAs) because they are not employed by government.

The Ministry of Justice allocates a limited amount of funding to run IDVA services which are managed locally. The Ministry is committed to provide three years of funding to the area where the IDVA service is located with the understanding that the amount awarded will be matched locally, that continued funding is dependent on good performance, and that the IDVA service will be mainstreamed into local area budgets within this time.

Funding is derived from victims’ surcharge receipts and currently provides for 125 services most of which support the 104 specialist domestic violence courts (SDVCs). Those services that have had three years’ funding will not receive further funding in 2009-10.